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Half of world’s population will be overweight by 2050: Study

MUMBAI: A recent study has claimed that almost half of the world’s population will be overweight by 2050 if an unhealthy dietary trend continues.

Weight gain and obesity have been major health concerns for people across the world that can lead to various severities including diabetes, heart risks, cholesterol, etc. Experts have suggested that over the years, the focus of people shifted from whole grains, pulses, and other plant-based foods to sugary and fat-laden dishes.

The experts warned that such a food pattern can further lead to various health-related troubles. Conducted at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the research states more than 4 billion people (45 percent) could be overweight and 1.5 billion (16 percent) of them may suffer from obesity, by 2050.  

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Researchers claimed that this can be an aftereffect of the insufficient global distribution of food and also the recent shift in our dietary pattern. “There is enough food in the world- the problem is that the poorest people on our planet have simply not the income to purchase it. And in rich countries, people don’t feel the economic and environmental consequences of wasting food,” co-author Prajal Pradhan from PIK explained.

 Weight gain and obesity have been major health concerns for people across the world. These lifestyle issues not only have their own set of problems but also lead to various severities including diabetes, heart risks, cholesterol et al. As per the World Health Organization, the rate of global obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.